There is nothing more enriching than having breakfast with a group of friends and getting to discuss the day’s homily. This recently happened to us at our Mary of Nazareth Convent in Philly. The reading was from Luke 6:1-5 on the feast of St. Peter Claver.
We are familiar with the story of the Apostles picking grain on the Sabbath and the Pharisees challenging Jesus because of their actions. Father’s homily was great but it was interesting how different people heard and thought of many things. Father stated that Jesus would always be there to feed the hungry. My thoughts went to how people are more important than the law and that we need to take action to continue to feed those in need, no matter what the hunger (spiritual, physical, or material hunger). How do I do that? Do you do that?
Another Sister shared her thought that there is still a lot of hunger out there. Jesus where are you? Could it be that WE are the Jesus that people need to see and WE need to do the feeding? And yet another Sister shared that there needs to be laws, but they should never become the be all and end all of a situation. Do I use the law as an excuse so I don’t have to do something that will take me out of my comfort zone? And one more thought process: we all have a little bit of the Pharisee in us. Check your judgement for if you name it, you may have to claim it.
Imagine all of this wonderful discussion coming from just four verses of scripture. There is a lot to think about. Hungers; feeding; the law; what would Jesus do? What is your take on this reading? How does it affect you? Who are you in the reading? Have a great week discovering the hungers and taking action to satisfy them.
Till next week,
Editor’s note: Sr. Theresita Donach shares this weekly reflection via e-mail with a group of women discerning their vocation. If you are interested in joining that online community, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org .